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Ultra-Running: Pushing The Limits Of Human Endurance

Updated on June 18, 2015
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Deric Anthony is a Semi Professional Long Distance runner attending the University of Toledo majoring in Pre-Med Bio-engineering.

Ultra-Marathon Trails

The Birth Of Ultrarunning

Since the dawn of time, humans have been running extreme distances. As early as 40,000 years before Christ, early hominids found food with primitive blades by chasing early forms of deer until they gave up due to exhaustion.

Fast forward 42,015 years and Modern Humans are continuing the age old quest of pushing one's body to the limits. This time however, aided by 21st century technology and an ever expanding knowledge-base, elite athletes are pushing ever father into the unknown.

Did You Know?

Did you know that early humans often ran after animals until they stopped and gave up to get food?

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A Look Into An Extreme Race

The Basics of Ultrarunning

UltraRunning, is also known as ultramarathoning, or, as most runners prefer, ultrarunning. How far is “a long distance” for these extreme athletes? The standard definition is anything past the marathon, or 26.2 miles. However, the shortest standard distance that is considered an ultra is the 50 kilometer distance, or 31.07 miles. Other standard distances are the 50 mile, the landmark 100 mile, 100 km, and a series of events that last for specified time periods such as 6 hour, 12 hour, 24 hour, 48 hour, and even 6 days or longer.

The vast majority of all Ultras are located off road on trails. This is due to the extreme nature of the run where running on a road can put a great toll on a runner's body while a trail can cushion the lower body. Most trails involve scenic state parks, national parks or private lands secluded from inner cities or popular urban sprawls.



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      Deric Anthony 2 years ago from Trail Running

      This is awesome! I did a 100 miler a few days after my 18th birthday in the USA, changed my outlook on life as im training for a 200 miler before i turn 20

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      Liam Hallam 2 years ago from Nottingham UK

      We all want to push our boundaries. Next year i'm running the Wall ultra in the uk. 67 miles across the width of northern england

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      Chad Young 2 years ago from Corona, CA

      Interesting hub. This will probably explain at least some of the Bigfoot sightings out there.

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